STAND Fanshawe “Battles” at The Roxbury for Rwanda and Darfur
April 7 is the date when people all over the world commemorate the Rwandan Genocide, which, in 1994, claimed the lives of some 1,000,000 in just 100 days. Rich Hitchens, an instructor in the School of Language and Liberal Studies and the founder and president of the Canadian Centre for Genocide Education, works with the students in STAND Fanshawe, and some of those students will be traveling with him to Rwanda this summer.
“There are a number of very remarkable students in STAND Fanshawe, and I am thrilled that some of them will be part of the trip,” said Hitchens.
One of those truly remarkable students is Jessica Allossery, she will be one of the performers in the “Battle of the Bands.” Allossery had her eyes opened during an exchange to Brazil.
“It was a life-altering experience that opened my eyes to poverty in the world, and I felt an overwhelming guilt and urge to do something about it,” explained Allossery.
Allossery taught herself guitar during her first month at Fanshawe, and she started writing her first songs four months later.
“I didn't want to write songs solely on typical issues like love and sad break-ups,” said Allossery.
Allossery's anthropology and sociology courses at Fanshawe have given her lots of new material for her songs.
“I wanted to teach the world what I was learning so that the people listening to my music would be compelled to make a change themselves.”
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